The Douglas Bulldogs suffered their second straight loss Friday night falling 45-17 to the Empire Ravens at Armando de Lucas Stadium.
Douglas, who had seven players go down with injuries in the loss to Bisbee the week before, had 10 players on the sidelines unable to play when the game began Friday. Four more players were injured throughout the course of the game with Empire and unable to finish.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 10-0 lead, thanks to a 15-yard field goal from Joaquin Escalante and a touchdown pass from Trey Rose that was intended for Christian Estrella, but ended up being caught by Diego Martinez.
Empire then got rolling and scored back to back touchdowns, but also missed the extra points on both, taking a 12-10 lead at the half.
The Bulldogs fumbled the second half kickoff which was recovered by Empire. The Ravens needed just two plays before scoring padding their lead to 18-10.
Empire led 31-10 when Rose connected with Estrella on a 50-yard touchdown pass, making the score 31-17, with 8:34 remaining in the game.
Following the score, Douglas attempted an onside kick which was recovered by Empire, who needed just one play before scoring on a 49-yard run.
Rose later had a pass intercepted and ran back 75-yards for a touchdown as the Ravens left Douglas with a 45-17 win.
The Bulldogs, 1-2, are on the road this next Friday night taking on a 0-2 Catalina team who lost to Rio Rico 41-6 Friday in Tucson.
Douglas’ next home game will be Sept. 20 when the Silver City, N.M. Colts come to Douglas for a non-conference showdown.